Since March I have been following Whole30 as a lifestyle. Here I wrote about my first 30 days on this journey. That first month was definitely the most challenging and rewarding. Scale wise I lost the most weight cumulatively in March. I have continued to lose weight and am still learning.
Labels are still a pain in the butt and so much in our grocery stores is stuffed with sugar! The vast variety of names for sugar are enough to make your head spin. I now make my own condiments and rely less on store bought products. I do continue to buy RX bars. Basic ingredients and great for a quick on the go meal or post workout snack. Having enough food on hand has been my biggest obstacle. My instantpot sits out on my counter, usually with eggs boiling. Oh man my IP has become such a life saver! There is a slow cook option for those of us not ready to completely give up the crockpot method. I’ve made spaghetti squash, boiled eggs, stews, roasts, pork chops, and sweet potatoes! So easy and delicious!
New non-scale victories (NSVs):
- Fitting in smaller clothes
- Clothes more loose
- Staying hydrated
- Energy and capacity to do cross fit
- Enjoying new foods and foods I previously did not like
- I know J is getting healthy breast milk
- No sugar crashes
Admittedly I am still having sugar cravings. However I can conquer and ignore them. I have bags of mini Cadbury eggs (all chocolate) under my bed since Easter… haven’t touched them. I do miss breads and chocolate and sugar. BUT I know they are not good for me, at all.
Some people will argue indulging occasionally is good for you. To help mentally overcome the cravings give in and have a “cheat” day is what I hear most often. Just STOP 🛑
It may work for you to have the mentality of a cheat day. It doesn’t for me. I am a sugar addict. Would you tell a recovering alcoholic it’s ok to have a beer or two occasionally? It’s not as easy as avoiding a sugar bar… sugar is as addictive as cocaine and is in almost everything. Bread, peanut butter, yogurt, juice, condiments, sauces, etc. Avoiding the white stuff is a daily adventure. Even something as simple as a balsamic dressings contain the addictive substance.
I continue to make a conscious effort every day, sometimes every hour, to avoid and not consume added sugars. My body is thanking me for it. My aches and pains are post work outs not from my foods!
Ok want to see scale victories? As of my last weight check on June 1st I am down to 257! This is HUGE! I was huge. I still am but I am a work in progress.
Same clothes. Same person. Different body! I do miss the sugar but I don’t miss the crashes. The highs and lows. The migraines and headaches. I don’t miss the extra weight either!
I’m getting down to my goal weight and even better I am getting down to my goal of having a healthy and fit body.
Will I ever be done with Whole30? In some aspects, yes and others no. I know sugar is not my friend. I also know how to eat healthy. This is not something I want to quit. I intend to continue living my life as healthy as possible within reason. Deliberating and consciously deciding what I am eating will be a continual effort. This is not a diet for me. I am changing 36 years of unhealthy eating habits.